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Bodies of French sports stars killed in helicopter crash arrive in Paris

media Ten people, including three French sports stars, were killed during the filming of a reality show in Argentina REUTERS/Reuters TV

The coffins of yachtswoman Florence Arthaud, Olympic champion swimmer Camille Muffat and boxer Alexis Vastine, along with those of five crew members, arrived on Sunday morning at the Charles De Gaulle airport.

Relatives and officials gathered at the airport for a small ceremony.

Also present were French Sports Minister Patrick Kanner, the Argentine ambassador and Nonce Paoli, who heads the TF1 channel that was producing the television show.

The eight French nationals died along with two Argentine pilots on March 9 during the filming of the reality show ‘Dropped’ when two helicopters collided shortly after takeoff from the remote village of Villa Castelli in northwestern Argentina.

There were no survivors.

‘Dropped,’ which was to air on TF1 but was immediately cancelled after the crash, featured sports stars who were taken blindfolded into rugged environments and given 72 hours to get to a place where they could charge a mobile phone.

According to officials, initial investigations indicate the crash was caused by human error.

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